Be a PAL - Share Our Streets

More people in Arlington are getting around by bike and by foot. While this is great news, it does come with one little caveat -- and that's something we were all taught by our parents when we were kids: SHARING. The streets don't belong to any one of us, they belong to all of us and so we have an inherent responsibility to share the streets with everyone else using them... in a courteous and safe manner.

Image: street intersectionThe PAL campaign wants everyone to know how to easily and safely share the streets with others, and that's by being a PAL --  Predictable, Alert and Lawful. If more people know about being a PAL and the importance of sharing the streets, we can all benefit from a safer and more enjoyable journey, wherever our destination might be.

So whether you're on two feet, two wheels or four wheels, we all need to share our streets safely. Arlington County has developed the PAL program for those who drive, walk and bike.

Being a PAL means being:

  • Predictable – travel in a predictable way; don’t make sudden, unexpected moves
  • Alert – pay attention to your surroundings and to others around you
  • Lawful – obey the traffic laws, whether in a car, on a bike, or on foot 

Be a PAL Ambassador

Hey PAL! We're building a community-driven movement to make Arlington County's streets more safe -- and we need your help. Become a volunteer PAL Ambassador: Bike billboards, block parties, pizza nights, -- all free, and on your commute home. Visit ArlingtonPALS.org to learn more!

More About PAL

Click to enlarge this street scene (PDF, 4.6 MB, Adobe Reader required).  It illustrates some useful safety and courtesy tips for walking, cycling, and driving. Spanish version (PDF, 3.2 MB, Adobe Reader required).

Graphic: PAL street scene

PAL two-page spread from January-February 2013 Citizen newsletter. Click to enlarge. (PDF, 1.4 MB, Adobe Reader required.)

PAL Citizen spread, thumbnail image

Each of us finds ourselves as a driver, cyclist, or walker at some point. Do our perceptions change with each mode? Watch this video to see how to be a PAL with the driver, cyclist and walker in all of us.

PAL logo

Don't be shy, let us know on our comments page what you think of the PAL campaign.  We would love to hear your comments or suggestions!

Did You Know?

The average person loses 13 lbs. their first year of commuting by bike.

League of American Cyclists

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
803
14th Street Bridge
2568
Arlington Mill Trail
369
Ballston Connector
373
Bluemont Connector
222
CC Connector
989
Clarendon EB bike lane
219
Custis Bon Air Park
1282
Custis Rosslyn
1973
Fairfax EB bike lane
177
Joyce St NB
40
Joyce St SB
34
Key Bridge East
1297
Key Bridge West
863
Military NB bike lane
25
Military SB bike lane
31
Quincy NB bike lane
120
Quincy SB bike lane
109
Roosevelt Bridge
643
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1820
TR Island Bridge
1712
WOD Bon Air Park
872
WOD Bon Air West
1596
WOD Columbia Pike
685
WOD East Falls Church
1187
Wilson WB bike lane
288

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
1001
14th Street Bridge
7896
Arlington Mill Trail
1016
Ballston Connector
319
Bluemont Connector
294
CC Connector
616
Custis Bon Air Park
757
Custis Rosslyn
469
Joyce St NB
78
Joyce St SB
106
Key Bridge East
3090
Key Bridge West
1048
Roosevelt Bridge
187
TR Island Bridge
1381
WOD Bon Air Park
1038
WOD Bon Air West
969
WOD Columbia Pike
1468
WOD East Falls Church
552

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
4343839
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